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English definition of “forcible”

forcible

adjective uk   /ˈfɔː.sɪ.bl̩/ us    /ˈfɔːr-/

forcible adjective (USING PHYSICAL POWER)

describes actions that involve the use of physical power or of violence: The police's forcible entry into the building has come under a lot of criticism.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly

forcible adjective (GIVING NO CHOICE)

happening or done against someone's wishes, especially with the use of physical force: There's a law to protect refugees from forcible return to countries where they face persecution.Causing somebody to actUrging and persuading
forcibly
adverb uk   /-bli/ us  
Several rioters were forcibly removed from the town square.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badly
(Definition of forcible from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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